Linwood Cottner Jr, with the help of his wife Lelia Cottner, founded the Pro Am Bass Trails in 2017 after a desire to see the catch weigh and immediate release tournament structure fishing at the local levels.
The PABT’s vision to see the catch, weigh, and immediate release structure be spread across the country in the interest of preserving the sustainability of our nation’s fisheries. Today traditional five by three tournaments are getting better at preserving fish but their increasing popularity are continuing to see large numbers of mortality and delayed mortality in game fish species.
Additionally, all anglers have a unique story behind them of where they’ve come from and what they’ve gone through to arrive where they are today. Through the sharing of the Gospel and their testimonies the PABT will be a medium to also help anglers be better not just in their competitive techniques, but in their spirit as well.